Spring 2012 Update (from our Newsletter)
We are pleased to report that much work has been done in Oliphant to combat the invasive Phragmites infestation plaguing our shoreline. The Town of South Bruce Peninsula now has three licensed town staff who in conjunction with Frank Letourneau,a Phragmites eradication expert and president of Dover Agri-serve are actively working throughout the municipality. They also work hand in hand with Dr. Janice Gilbert, a wetland ecologist, MNR and the Ministry of the Environment(MOE).
Large infestation sites along our shoreline had been previously identified using GPS technology,and in the fall, the hard work began over a four day period. Patches were sprayed with the recommended commercial grade herbicide, Roundup WeatherMax mixed with soya bean oil which helps the product stick to the plant and avoids drippage. Smaller patches were sprayed using a backpack application process. After the patches were sprayed, then the plants were rolled flat and in some of the affected areas this was followed in November by a controlled burn under the supervision of the fire department. Another controlled burn is scheduled for late April.
It should be noted that the work done was on municipal property and that significant stands to the north of the marina and on the east side of the gut amongst others appeared to have been reduced to flattened dead vegetation, opening up clear views where these dense plants once towered.
Friends of Oliphant would like to thank Don Crain, facilities co-ordinator for the Town and an Oliphant resident who works on the Phragmites project for generously supplying the accompanying photographs and taking the time out of a busy day to show and educate us about the work done on these sites.
This will be an on-going process with further work to be done on the west side of the gut and treated sites will be carefully re-inspected and re-treated as necessary over time.
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